"The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffrey Eugenides. I've heard talk about this movie and new the basic premise (ugh its in the name) but didn't know much about it. I picked it up kind of randomly. The most interesting thing about this book was it's narrated in a "collective we". It's a bunch of neighborhood boys who you don't learn most of their names and they kind of function like one singular entity. I think it really works for this book and the type of story that this is. It's a short book and considering the subject matter isn't as depressing as I thought it would be.
"Time Traveler: A Scientist's Dream to Make Time Travel a Reality" by Dr Ronald L Mallet. A young man loses his father at 10 years old and becomes obsessed with the idea of time travel. He doesn't become a quack on the streets, he has a PhD and loves Einstein and has spoke to thousands about if time travel is actually a thing we can accomplish.
"The Devil All the Time" by Donald Ray Pollock. This book kind of sounded like it was going to be a short story collection but really it was just a regular format book with a lot of interconnected stories. I really liked the format and the setting - the characters were well developed. It was mostly sad. But that's okay.
"The Old Guard, Book One: Open Fire": by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez. Did you watch Old Guard, the netflix movie with the most beautiful woman in the world Charlize Theron? This is the graphic novel that it is based on. There was a couple of changes (more details on Andy, the Asian lady isn't in the book but there are others like her that they mention) but the movie stayed pretty close to the source material. I really liked it and am looking forward ot the next installment that comes out in September! Fun fact - the "is that your boyfriend?" scene in the kidnapper van? It's in the comic and the creators insisted that the scene be kept exactly the same as in the comic. Yay representation!